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Plans for improved walking and cycling routes in Clarkston progress

Funding has been secured to help create a network of well-connected, attractive cycling and walking routes between Clarkston, Busby and Stamperland.

Boy cycling

Improving accessibility for people on foot and bikes was identified as a priority in a series of workshops held last year with residents and businesses as part of the Council's Clarkston: Your Town initiative. 

Having been awarded £100,000 of provisional funding by the Sustrans Community Links programme, the Council now wants input from local people to shape the future plans.

A drop-in event is being held at Clarkston Halls on Wednesday 23 August from 1pm-6.30pm to give residents the opportunity to identify their priorities for enhancing walking and cycling options.  An online survey is also open to the public www.placecheck.info/maps/clarkston

Opportunities may include safer routes to schools, improved access to shops and services in Clarkston town centre, exploring better links between Overlee Park, Busby Glen and Greenbank Gardens and addressing safety concerns for some groups that may deter journeys being made on foot or by bike.

Changing the way we travel can make our towns and communities healthier and better places for all of us. Opening up options for travelling shorter journeys between our communities and greenspaces could help transform our area, reducing reliance on cars, improving local air quality and tackling congestion. I encourage residents to come along to our engagement event or share their views online and help us shape a plan to make walking and cycling easier and more enjoyable in Clarkston, Stamperland and Busby.
- Councillor Alan Lafferty, Convener for Environment

Incorporating more physical activity into everyday activities can have major health benefits. Recent research by the University of Glasgow, published in the British Medical Journal, revealed that cycling to work can reduce the risk of developing cancer and heart disease by almost half. The findings also found that walking to work can have important health benefits.

Not only is cycling good for physical and mental health, research from Sustrans Scotland has found that cycling rather than driving could also save the average person up to £2,000 a year, without giving up your car.

This funding will help to support the first phase of a long-term aspiration to improve active travel in Clarkston, Busby and Stamperland so that more people are able to walk and cycle for more of the journeys they make every day. The project aims to enhance the walking and cycling network and meet the needs of local communities by providing better links to services and amenities.
- Sustrans Scotland Community Links Manager, Tom Bishop

Contact: clarkston@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or Facebook:  ClarkstonYourTown


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